Anime/Manga

VIZ Media Presents the Naruto Shippuden Rasengan Collection

Minasan, ohaiyo! With the holiday shopping season fully underway, we’ve got the perfect gift for that ninja in your life in the form of an anime box set that packs a literal punch. The Rasengan Collection, published by our friends at VIZ Media, brings together four incredible Naruto adventures on Blu-ray for the very first time. It includes Naruto Shippuden: Bonds, Naruto Shippuden: The Movie, Naruto Shippuden: Will of fire, and Naruto Shippuden: The Lost Tower. Packed with... Read More

Movies

Thor: Ragnarok Raises the Bar for Fun at the Movies

Warning: The following review contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok. The Thor movies have been some of my favorites in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with their remarkable blend of self-awareness and bold choices in terms of pushing the superhero genre into new realms. Did the vibrant color palate of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 dazzle your visual palate? The Dark World laid that groundwork with an early glimpse of bolder colors. Even the franchise’s first film, while still a... Read More

Anime/Manga

Scarlet Beriko’s Yaoi Manga JACKASS! (a.k.a. “When Your Best Friend Has a Pantyhose Fetish”)

Warning: The following review for SuBLime’s JACKASS! contains spoilers and sexually suggestive content. Reader discretion is advised. Earlier this month SuBLime, the leading global English-language yaoi manga publisher, released the translation of Scarlet Beriko’s JACKASS!, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Beriko’s best known for her other yaoi works such as Yondaime Ooyamato Tatsuyuki, Minori no Te, and Joou to Shitateya, and she brought her A-game with... Read More

Anime/Manga

Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 1 Continues the Gory Delight of the First Series

The following review is spoiler-free, so read without fear. Volume 1 of Tokyo Ghoul:re provided courtesy of VIZ Media. Ohayo, minasan! Hot on the heels of the smash-hit English-language release for Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul manga series, VIZ Media is keeping up the Donner Party momentum with Tokyo Ghoul:re. The sequel follows Haise Sasaki, a Ghoul Investigator in the Ghoul Countermeasure Bureau (CCG). Sasaki has been tasked with teaching the Quinx Squad, humans inplanted with... Read More

Movies

Menendez Mania!

Before there was O.J., there was Menendez. Lyle and Erik Menendez, that is. Their trial was the first to be televised in its entirety on the then fairly new Court TV (which was later relaunched as truTV). The brothers became stars of the original “Trial of the Century” before there was a “Trial of the Century.” The past several years have seen frequent revisits to past crimes, with documentaries and scripted shows about O.J. Simpson and JonBenet Ramsey, among others.... Read More

Animaton

More Than a Nostalgic Cashgrab: A Look at Netflix’s Castlevania

The kid in me would be tempted to begin this review with as many vampire puns and fan-gushing moments over the Castlevania franchise as possible; when your first console is an NES and Castlevania 3 the game you played most often with your brother, that leaves a lasting impact. As I got older, I became swept away by the story and grandeur of PlayStation’s Symphony of the Night—hell, my first Dungeons & Dragons character was a working-version of Alucard. We even... Read More

Comic Books

Spider-Man: Homecoming Entertains But Falls Short as a Reboot

Hollywood appears to have truly reached the nexus of superhero films and, depending on how you look at it, that could be either a good or bad thing. If your favorite comic book superhero is some obscure one-off character, then you’re in luck—you may just get a change to see him or her in a feature-length film. However, if you’re starting to see a pattern where all these characters are falling into the same formulaic storylines and suffering fatigue as a result, brace yourself:... Read More

Movies

Baywatch (2017) Movie Review on The Final Cut

It is the purrfect time to give my thoughts on Baywatch, the 1980s TV-show turned raunchy comedy. Starring Zac Efron and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, find out if this is film floats above the rest or sinks straight to the bottom. Flex your muscles while watching the trailer, get a tan as you check out the official site, and read up on the IMDB info as you relax by the pool. ... Read More

Comic Books

Stained Issue #2 Tightropes Cyberpunk and the Unnerving

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from 451’s newest comic book release, Stained. David Baron’s follow-up issue to the premiere of Stained from 451 retains the tight, fluid action and adds plot guaranteed to tickle and unnerve. The series follows recovery artist and bounty hunter for hire Emma London, described as “strong, possibly indomitable, and did we mention… part machine.” Following in the tradition of other cyberpunk works like Masamune Shiro’s Ghost in the... Read More

Literature

American Gods “Git Gone” Review: I Needed Craft Supplies…

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from episode four of Starz’ adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Here we encounter our first true deviation from the original American Gods novel and yet, with not one line written by author Neil Gaiman, he says it’s his favorite episode.  The viewer gets to delve into Laura Moon‘s back story, with a compelling performance by Emily Browning, but is it the Laura we are looking for? The opening scene shows an... Read More